KEIZER, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers scored two runs in the top of the seventh after falling behind by three, but failed to get ahead against the Willamette Bearcats in Tuesday's 4-2 non-conference game at Salem-Keizer Volcanoes Stadium.
Cole Petters hit a double to give the Pios runners at second and third with one out. Ryan Ericksen pinch hit for Sam Helms and brought in Justin Katona on a sacrifice fly for his 15th RBI of the season. In the next at-bat, Jacob Serafini reached on an error and Petters scored for Lewis & Clark's only runs of the game.
The Pios used 22 players in the game including seven different pitchers. Zach Merzlak started the game and threw two innings followed by Austin Conniff who threw the same, each giving up a run. Connor Eggleston threw an inning of scoreless relief before Stephen Baker allowed one run on two hits over an inning.
Matt Donovan, Cameron Paton and Petters had Lewis & Clark's three hits, but Willamette totaled 10 in the game. The Bearcats had multiple hits from Jack Brett, Connor Bailey and Joseph Faudskar. Nathan Gilman got the win for Willamette over 5 1/3 innings. He allowed two hits.
Outside of the two-run seventh inning, Lewis & Clark's best chances were with two on and one out in both the second and third innings, but both ended on double plays by Willamette.
Lewis & Clark went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position. The Pios play at Pacific for a three-game Northwest Conference series that starts with a doubleheader on Saturday.